IV Step 2016: Tele-health in Stroke Recovery: Intensity and Independence

Finally on Saturday, we had Jane Burridge present Tele-health in Stroke Recovery: Intensity and Independence. Therapy is expensive. We all know that. Because of that, 3rd party payors are pushing for more efficient therapy. What they are willing to pay for now doesn’t even meet the minimal intensity requirements to truly make neuroplastic changes. So … Continue reading IV Step 2016: Tele-health in Stroke Recovery: Intensity and Independence

IV Step 2016: Telehealth in Physical Therapy Practice

Next we had Alan Lee present on Telehealth in Physical Therapy Practice He started be explaining what words are being used that all follow under the telehealth umbrella: telemedicine, telenursing, tele-mental health, telerehabilitation (where PT and OT fit, telepractice (SLP). Then there are also apps for monitoring. There are 4 different telehealth models. The largest … Continue reading IV Step 2016: Telehealth in Physical Therapy Practice

IV Step 2016: Developing Neuroprosthetic Devices to Promote Plasticity and Rehabilitation after Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

Next Chet Moritz presented on Developing Neuroprosthetic Devices to Promote Plasticity and Rehabilitation after Brain and Spinal Cord Injury. Chet stated that the goal of neuroprosthetic devices is two-fold: 1) to promote plasticity and regeneration after incomplete injury and 2) to re-animate limb function with complete injury through the use of a brain-controlled spinal interface … Continue reading IV Step 2016: Developing Neuroprosthetic Devices to Promote Plasticity and Rehabilitation after Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

IV Step: Toward Optimized Skeletal Muscle Regeneration Across the Lifespan: Measuring and Manipulating Stem Cell Function

Saturday’s third lecture session was Toward Optimized Skeletal Muscle Regeneration Across the Lifespan: Measuring and Manipulating Stem Cell Function and given by Fabrisia Ambrosio. Fabrisia began by kindly reviewing Mauro’s muscle regenerative cascade: 1. myofiber (muscle cell) stem cell “hypernation” as it works along, doesn’t need repair 2. injury 3. stem cells multiply, run to injury site 4. … Continue reading IV Step: Toward Optimized Skeletal Muscle Regeneration Across the Lifespan: Measuring and Manipulating Stem Cell Function

IV Step 2016: Individualizing Rehab after Stroke: Role of Genetic Variation

Jill Stewart followed up the last presentation on Saturday morning with Individualizing Rehab after Stroke: Role of Genetic Variation. She built on what Steven was talking about. She mentioned that the importance of genetics in therapy is it’s predictive role. It could predict risk for disease, drug response, potential for neuroplasticity, response to exercise or … Continue reading IV Step 2016: Individualizing Rehab after Stroke: Role of Genetic Variation

IV Step: Genetics and Neural Plasticity After Stroke

Bright and early on Saturday morning, Steven Cramer spoke on Genetics and Neural Plasticity After Stroke. First of all, why should a clinician even care about genetics? A clinician could use a knowledge of genetics to make better clinical decisions regarding treatment options and how to dose (FITT principle) that treatment. Genetics can also help … Continue reading IV Step: Genetics and Neural Plasticity After Stroke

IV Step 2016: Activity-dependent Plasticity for Neuromuscular Recovery: Use of Classifications to Drive Therapies and Outcomes, in Nuggets

Friday’s final presentation was called  Activity-dependent Plasticity for Neuromuscular Recovery: Use of Classifications to Drive Therapies and Outcomes and given by Andrea Behrman. The majority of Andrea’s presentation focused on 3 clinical cases, which I won’t go into too much detail on that here, but I did want to discuss the nuggets of overall physical … Continue reading IV Step 2016: Activity-dependent Plasticity for Neuromuscular Recovery: Use of Classifications to Drive Therapies and Outcomes, in Nuggets